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NaturCut Ideal 40 (16") 5-Blade Reel Mower

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Grade
Mid Grade Lawn Mowers
Style
Reel Push Mowers
Surface Area
Small Home
Small
Terrain
Flat Terrain
Flat
Width
16

Cutting Inches
Power
Manual
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Large 10-Inch Wheels
Adds tourque to the blades and makes the mower more powerful
More stable across uneven ground, less bounce

Infinitely Adjustable Cutting Heights
Cutting range 0.6" to 2.75"
Great choice for shorter cut, upright lawns

16-Inch Cutting Width
5 flame hardened steel blades
Minimal contact cutting system

Suitable for most North American Grass Types
Great choice for Fescue, Bluegrass, Ryegrass and others
One of the few reel mowers that can cut Bermuda grass
Not recommended for Zoysia

Optional Grass Catcher (sold separately)

2 Year Warranty


Model
  Model Number:16040
 ManufacturerNaturCut USA
Wheels
 Front Tire Size10 Inch
Deck
 Cutting Height0.6-2.75 Inches
Overview
 Assembly RequiredMinor
 Weight20 Lbs. (9.07 kilograms)
 Consumer Warranty2 Years
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  2 Questions
Q: I have a yard with these super thin weeds, or spindle "grass seed", for lack of better terms that grow about 8 to 10 inches high. I have a cheap reel mower that I thinking about replacing because when I mow, the mower leaves these long thing behind me. It just folds them under. Will this lawn mower get these weeds or is this just a pipe dream? Thanks a Million.
by Brad Martin from Indiana on August 02, 2011

A: Brad - None of the reel mowers that we carry are going to handle any type of weed or grass that is 8 to 10 inches in length. This type of vegetation is just too long for a reel mower. If you want to stick with a reel mower to maintain your yard, I would suggest a cordless electric string trimmer to keep the long, thin weeds under control.
by Jose, Product Expert
Q: Hi Todd,
Would you please tell me where the mower was made?
Thanks.

by Rik Snyder from South Carolina on June 06, 2011

A: Rik - the NaturCut reel mowers are manufactured in China.
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NaturCut USA 16040 Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
3/5
Value
3/5
Overall
3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5
Pros
Light Weight (9)
Easy To Use (8)
Quiet (7)
Easy To Store (6)
Price (3)
Cons
This Mower Will Not Cut (1)
If Your Lawn Is Thin Has... (1)
Lawn Must Be Almost Pref... (1)
Lawn Must Be Almost Perf... (1)
Difficult To Use (4)
53% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Total Reviews
84 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
5140 Helpful Votes
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The NaturCut Ideal 40 will not only make your lawn look great, it will also save you time and money in maintenance and up-keep.

What makes the NaturCut Ideal 40 the best option when looking for a reel mower is the minimal contact cutting system. When it comes to most reel mowers, the blades make regular contact with the bed-knife of the mower making sharpening a regular task. This cost will add up and take a good amount of time to keep these blades sharp. The NaturCut Ideal 40 makes... more
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John K.
South Haven, MI
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/5/14
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
17
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Must Mow 2-3 Times A Week
I live in SW Michigan. My gas mower needed repair and I decided to find an alternative to the gas/oil hassle. My lawn is about 1/8 acre. Assembly was straight forward, but the package was missing a bolt, wing-nut and cotter pin. I had parts in the garage that worked, so finished assembly, checked the blade clearance and went out to cut. The lawn hadn't been cut for two weeks and required 3 passes. A week later, it was the same thing... the lawn was too high and the mower just laid the grass... more
Cons: Difficult To Use, Expensive, Packaging
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Vickie Fishburn
Bowling Green, KY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 8/5/14
REVIEWED
SEP.
29
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Very Much Not For A Woman To Use
It's a disappointment.
Jose, the Lawn Mower Expert
Product Expert
Vickie,
Reel mowers are a greener alternative to gas powered mowers, but they are powered manually. If the blades are sharpened and adjusted properly, these mowers can work quite well unless the grass is too long.

With these mowers, you want to take mow more frequently to shave off just the tips of the grass and maintain growth.

You can test the cutting ability with a piece of paper. It should slice through the paper like well sharpened scissors. If not, try sharpening the blades and adjusting their closeness to the stationary blade on the frame.

If you have any questions, call us toll free at 1 (800) 837-8247. We'd be happy to help you out with some tips and tricks to making it work better for you.
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Meghan
Ballston Spa, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/14/14
REVIEWED
JUN.
16
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Disappointed
I bought this so I could help my husband mow a hill in front of our house. The hill is too steep for a ride on and we do not currently have a push mower. I was very excited to find this. It arrived quickly but was missing screws. We called to have them sent, but they were never received. We purchased some new screws and had the mower assembled. The lawn was not too high. The mower was difficult to use on a hill. I looked at it as a work out, but even then it was still a challenge. It cut... more
Pros: Quiet, Price
Cons: Unreliable
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Andrea R.
Albion, NY
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/24/13
REVIEWED
OCT.
28
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Didn't Perform As Promised
The mower couldn't handle moderately high or thick grass. The video of the fellow happily plowing through tall grass is bogus. Out of the box and with sharp blades, this mower just would not cut! It might be fine for thin grass that is not too tall, on a small lot. But don't expect it to replace a power mower. More's the pity - I really had high hopes for this one. Oh, dear, $200+ wasted.
Pros: Light Weight, Easy To Store
Cons: Difficult To Use, Unreliable, Expensive
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Carolyn N.
Tulsa, OK
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 5/27/13
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
19
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great For The Older Generation
I bought the lawnmower after deciding I didn't want to buy from one of the big box stores.
Assembly was easy,(I'm 85 and arthritic). My lawn is small and the 16" width works fine. Very easy to push and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants a quality mower.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Quiet, Light Weight, Exceeded Expectations, Fast, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Carolyn Recommends This NaturCut USA Mower
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Rachel
Hanover, PA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/25/12
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
16
2012
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Reel Mower
Am renting and owners loaned me a sears mower to mow the small lawn. It stinks, i dislike putting gas in it and it takes
over 6 pulls to start it (it is called an 'easy start' mower, not now!.) I HAD ENOUGH.

Decided to get an old fashioned REEL MOWER. Got this one mainly because it only needs sharpening every 5+ years and it seems highly rated. I buy quality items, not cheap one's.

It works well, just needs adjusting for the height you want it to cut. I admit however I am surprised... more
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Ashton Grandy
Waltham, MA
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/7/13
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
01
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Easy To Use And Lightweight, Not Perfect Manufacturing
Out of the box the paint (powder coat?) had some areas that were very thick and chipping, but not chipping down to bare metal, just chipping off chunks. No big deal. It also arrived out of adjustment, so step one was to set the blades. Other than that, it's a very solid tool that is effortless and easy to use. Lightweight and easy/small to hang up in the garage. Would definitely recommend to anyone. Oh, it does not cut tall grass well, it just kind of bends it over instead of cutting, use... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight, Quiet, Durable
Ashton Recommends This NaturCut USA Mower
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132
Maurice O.
Austin, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/14/13
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
04
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Brill Replacement
My 10 year old Brill cordless broke apart 3 weeks ago. The 2nd battery died last year ($100 last time I bought a new one). I have been using it as a push mower ever since. Needless to say Brill is no longer selling the cordless in the US. Since I have been using a non powered mower I decided to replace it with a regular reel mower. Based on your recommendation I bought the NaturCut 16". I have used it twice and like the wider cutting path and light weight.
Pros: Light Weight, Easy To Use, Quiet, Easy To Store
Maurice Recommends This NaturCut USA Mower
Maurice Would Recommend Mowers Direct To A Friend
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"Thanks so much for the great service from your recommendations, to ordering and delivery."
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Michael K.
Friendswood, TX
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 6/4/13
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
26
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
So Far So Good
I am writing this approximately 2 weeks into the life of my new mower. I was a bit hesitant when purchasing it, wondering if it really did the job. I was not let down. It's been a couple of weeks and I have cut my grass more often simply because I like using my new mower. My 7 twins can even use it and beg me on a daily basis to cut the grass. I live in zone 9 and it works just fine with the grass I have. I am pleased I decided on this mower.
Pros: Light Weight, Easy To Use, Quiet, Easy To Store
Michael Recommends This NaturCut USA Mower
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John M.
Asheville, NC
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 4/17/13
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
19
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Naturcut Ideal 40
Avid gardener
Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight, Easy To Store
Cons: Lawn Must Be Almost Perfect And Level For Cutting, Lawn Must Be Almost Prefect And Level For Smooth Cut
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135
John
Purchased from Mowers Direct
Purchased 7/20/12
REVIEWED
AUG.
12
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Very Good Reel Mower
Very good mower - easy to put together and easy to use.

Some of the other ratings were correct in that this type of mower is for specific types of grass. For example, our front yard had been reseeded and is primarily Kentucky bluegrass. No problem there, although you might want to cross cut (cut it a second time at a 90 degree angle) for a really nice cut.

In my backyard, it's a little more difficult as its a hodgepodge of weeds and different types of grasses. If you want a good cut and... more
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